Ah yeah, if it's just as reference for you work that is fine As long as it isn't just a trace/direct redraw or copied and pasted sort of thing then that is a-okay
Sorry to sound strict or harsh, but my cupcakes are one of my most stolen designs and I see them pop-up on all sorts of work and sites with people claiming them as their own so I have to make sure when people want to use them it is for the correct reasons.
Thanks for asking though - would love to see you work when you are finished
It depends on what you mean by using it as a reference ~ if it is for academic work and it is just to be referenced and not copied/reproduced then that is fine! But if it is to copy/reproduce for any other reason - especially for resale or commercial use then I am afraid not as it is my work and is used within my own body of work and goods for sale.
If you let me know what you were wanting to reference it for I can certainly give you a more specific answer
Don't mind at all!! Thanks for visiting me at NFCC and messaging me here too ~ it's actually really amazing when people take the time to drop me a message, I really appreciate it And thank you for the lovely comments on my work! <3